Welcome to Dawlish College.
It continues to be an absolute privilege to be the Headteacher at Dawlish College – the staff and students are second to none and take all of life’s challenges in their stride. Despite current uncertainties as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we continue to hold onto our core purpose in all that we do. Behind all of the decisions taken and measures put in place sits the balance between keeping staff and students safe whilst also providing them with a varied and exciting school experience.
Dawlish College is a vibrant and exciting place to be, where we have the highest expectations of staff and students alike and seek to provide challenge at every available opportunity. As a small school, we have a very proud record of holistic support, care and individual attention: the happiness and well-being of our students is of paramount importance and is a vital foundation for their growth and development. Our college has an atmosphere of creativity and positivity that is generated by the provision of excellent opportunities for every individual thereby maximising the outcomes and improving the life chances of the young people in our care.
As a parent myself, I understand that you want your child to be inspired, supported and challenged to be the best version of themselves within an environment that knows them and values them as an individual. Thank you for entrusting me with the care and education of your child, present or future, and I look forward to unlocking their ambitions as I get to know them and work closely with you.
Last week, Year 8 students participated in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) challenge arranged by the Smallpeice Trust, an educational charity whose aim is to get students interested in engineering and showing them how Science, Technology and Maths concepts learned in class can be applied in real life applications.
The challenge was to produce a wooden plane glider with a working propeller to travel a maximum distance possible. Students worked in small teams to design wings, horizontal and vertical stabiliser wings. They also needed to create a circuit using motors, switches and super capacitors as well as working out balancing points to ensure their gliders would exploit aerodynamics to travel the maximum distance. Students were supported by Science and Technology staff and created some amazing glider designs that were then tested at the end of the sessions.
Students thoroughly enjoyed the day with feedback including "It was really good fun. I learned what a capacitor was and how to work in a team," "I weish it had lasted much longer!" and "I learnt how to wire a full circuit. It was amazing!"
Well done to everyone involved!